Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





Augusta image 1Augusta Judicial Circuit Mental Health Court

Judge: James G. Blanchard, Jr.

Coordinator:  Elaina Ashley

Telephone: (706) 823-4424

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 The Augusta Judicial Circuit Mental Health Court (AJCMHC) was developed in August of 2013 to increase successful community re-entry for people in the criminal justice system as a result of their mental health disorders. Participation is voluntary, and it is a court-imposed condition of probation for defendants before the court who have serious mental illness or co-occurring mental health and alcohol/substance abuse issues. The program is designed to promote self-sufficiency and to return the individual to the community as a productive and responsible member. Participants are required to live in Richmond, Columbia, or Burke County throughout their involvement in the AJCMHC.

sdsdsThe court lasts about a minimum of 24 months, but no more than 36 months, and it consists of three phases and an aftercare component. In order to complete a phase, participants must comply with the weekly requirements, including drug screens, community support meetings, group and individual counseling sessions, curfew, and court sessions. The mental health treatment for the participants is provided by AmericanWork, Inc.